Jerry Lawson: Game Console

Gerald J. Lawson is the first creator of the cartridge-based video-game console.

Jerry Lawson Game Console

 Jerry Lawson was a electronic engineer that brought a new technical age to the game world. 

If you’ve got fond memories of blowing into video game cartridges, you’ve got Gerald “Jerry” Lawson to thank. As the head of engineering and marketing for Fairchild Semiconductor’s gaming outfit in the mid-’70s, Lawson developed the first home gaming console that utilized interchangeable cartridges, the Fairchild Channel F. That system never saw the heights of popularity of consoles from Atari, Nintendo and Sega, but it was a significant step forward for the entire gaming industry. Prior to the Channel F, games like Pong were built directly into their hardware — there was no swapping them out to play something else — and few believed that you could even give a console a microprocessor of its own. Lawson, who passed away at 70 from diabetes complications in 2011, was the first major African-American figure in the game industry. And, just like the tech world today, it still isn’t as diverse as it should be.

 

As an engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawson designed the electronics of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later renamed the Channel F, in 1976.

Predating the release of Atari’s Video Computer System by a year. Previous game machines like Atari’s Pong and the Magnavox Odyssey had all their games built into the hardware. Lawson’s pioneering design set the standard for the game consoles of today.

Read more: 

http://www.wired.com/gamelife…

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/04/jerry-lawson-dies/
http://publications.geauxguard.com/4g-world-jerry-lawson-gamings-forgotten-genius/
http://www.2machines.com/articles/175611.html

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